September 27, 2019
**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
Facebook Persecutes Christian Group, Removing Their Page
On September 25th, Facebook removed the Facebook “Group” channel for the Christian Knights Templar, OSMTJ
North Canaan, CT – The Knights Templar of America, the U.S. chapter of the Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem (OSMTJ), exists to support men and women as they live lives for Christ in their own communities. But while Christians around the globe face unprecedented persecution, the KTOA now finds itself the recipient of persecution itself from Facebook.
“On Wednesday, September 25, I logged into Facebook as I often do, and found that our primary page, established for communication for more than 1,600 members, was removed, without any warning or previous contacts, from Facebook,” said Bryant Jones, Grand Prior (National Leader) for the not-for-profit, ministry organization. “We have a number of trusted admins on the page who are very engaged. On the rare occasion when something is posted that is against our rules, which are stricter than Facebook policies, we take immediate action to remove the content. I am just flabbergasted that Facebook would erase the years of history and supportive conversation without even a notice or comment.”
The Knights Templar of America has strict policies against the denigration of any other religious groups, or the support of any violence against such groups. The policy is sweeping across the entire organization and violation of it results in suspension of membership. This KTOA believes the battle they wage is “not against flesh and blood” as stated in the Holy Bible, Ephesians 6:12.
“In seven years, our Facebook page has never been issued a single warning. When it was removed, we received no reason or any reply to more than 50 support tickets submitted to Facebook which asked for restoration and answers,” said Jones. “We can only surmise this action against us is a direct persecution of Christians from Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox congregations. Facebook has left us no choice but to find another platform that aligns with our values so that our men and women can continue to pray for one another, encourage one another in the faith and act as the unified church of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
The Knights Templar of America, part of the Ordre Souverain et Militaire du Temple de Jérusalem, translated as the Sovereign Order of the Military of the Jerusalem Temple. The Knights Templar are a Christian (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox) fraternal and chivalric Order. We have no Masonic or political affiliations. We are ecumenical meaning we are not affiliated with any single denomination but represent all of Christendom. To learn more, visit www.theknightstemplar.org.
For reference, the original group URL was https://www.facebook.com/groups/Templars.USA/
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Fabled religious group, Knights Templar, comes to Connecticut
The OSMTJ Knights Templar of America locate their Headquarters in Canaan, ConnecticutBy: OSMTJ Knights Templar of America
Link for original Press Release: https://www.prlog.org/12777905-fabled-religious-group-knights-templar-comes-to-connecticut.html**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**HARTFORD, Conn. – July 3, 2019 – PRLog — The Knights Templar of America (OSMTJ)
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Canaan, CT 06018North Canaan, CT – The Knights Templar of America, the United States Grand Priory has located their national headquarters in North Canaan, CT. The U.S. chapter of the OSMTJ has priories or regional territories in almost every state with more than 550 members. This number grows daily as Christians face persecution worldwide while also facing spiritual battles in their own lives each day.The Knights Templar is a Christian organization dating back to medieval times. The group’s mission was to “protect European travelers visiting sites in the Holy Land while also carrying out military operations,” according to history.com (https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/the-knights-templar). The Knights Templar were eventually forced out of Jerusalem and moved to Europe where they were persecuted and eventually disbanded.”While most historians agree that the Knights Templar fully disbanded 700 years ago, there are some people who believe the order went underground and remains in existence in some form to this day,” history.com writes. (https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/the-knights-te…)
Various organizations around the world have modeled themselves after the famous Knights Templar, and Bryant Jones, the Grand Prior of the Knights Templar organization, told Republican American it is a national group that welcomes Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox.
He told the publication the Order is non-denominational, and open to anyone who follows Jesus Christ. Felons are not allowed, and “must have enough education to understand the rules of the order and its services.”
“We are spiritually inspired by the ancient Knights of Templar from 1118,” Jones said. “They protected the Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Their job was to guard the roads and keep them safe. In the same way, we raise money for the protection of Christians on their symbolic road in life, wherever life may take them.”
“A wealthy, powerful and mysterious order that has fascinated historians and the public for centuries, tales of the Knights Templar, their financial acumen, their military prowess and their work on behalf of Christianity during the Crusades still circulate throughout modern culture,” history.com writes. (https://www.history.com/topics/middle-ages/the-knights-templar)
Movies and books like “The Da Vinci Code,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” are inspired by the tales of the Knights Templar. Some people believe they are in possession of the Holy Grail, the Ark of the Covenant and parts of the cross from Christ’s crucifixion.
“Canaan had a beautiful church that has been part of their community for
nearly 160 years, despite having to close several years ago because of a declining and aging congregation,” said Bryant Jones, Grand Prior for the U.S. organization. “We saw the beauty of the facility and the fact that we have so many of our members within driving distance of the headquarters that the Lord just impressed upon us that the time is now.”
In addition to the headquarters offering a place for Christians of all
denominations to come together with a common goal of serving Christ in worship, the facility will eventually house a museum of artifacts donated by members who are connected to the organization, worldwide.
“As Templars today, we are focused on building our relationship with Jesus
Christ and growing Christian leaders in protestant, evangelical, catholic and orthodox congregations across our great nation, however we cannot deny the connection we have to the original 12 Templars who gave their very lives to protect Christians who were travelling to the Holy Land,” said Jones.
While many may equate the Knights Templar with Masonic origins, The Knights
Templar of America is not connected in any way to the Freemasons and in some cases, involvement in freemasonry can actually preclude a member from advancing in rank. “We exist much like a ministerial alliance would exist in your own community, but we are made up of people from all walks of life, not just the clergy. The original Templars were monks before they were warriors and we maintain that ideal today, though our current battles are far more focused on the spiritual battles taking place in our culture,” said Jones.
Membership in The Knights Templar of America is restricted to those individuals
who identify as Christians and who hold to a belief in the three creeds traditionally held by congregations for centuries including the Nicene Creed and Apostles Creed. While those with felony convictions are welcome to apply, those with criminal records are restricted in the level of rank they can attain within the military-type command structure. While the group is apolitical, they stand strong on Biblical instruction surrounding moral issues.
“We want our communities across the nation to know that we are not a
denomination ourselves, but we are made up Christian denominations that share our common mission of growing in the faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ,” said Jones.
To learn more about the Knights Templar of America, you may go to their main
website at www.theknightstemplar.org or to apply, visit their simplified landing page located at www.ktoa.org.
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KTOA In the News
- The San Francisco Chronicle: https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Fabled-religous-group-Knights-Templar-coming-to-14063808.php?fbclid=IwAR16cNBrv_WPHoJMr4gIiyEDsH-isnQmrjOJuonB0iNwNOIIR3z1V12tQKQ#photo-14648495
- The Connecticut Post: https://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Fabled-religous-group-Knights-Templar-coming-to-14063808.php
- The Republican American covering the North-West Corner Connecticut: https://www.rep-am.com/local/news-local/2019/06/28/knights-templar-purchase-christ-episcopal-church-in-canaan/
- The Register Citizen – Torrington: https://www.registercitizen.com/news/article/Mystery-myth-surround-Templar-Castle-Church-in-14371697.php
- The Litchfield County Times: http://www.countytimes.com/news/mystery-myth-surround-templar-castle-church-in-north-canaan/article_c8563f01-a954-5970-9c02-ceeae08113ab.html
- The San Antonio Express-News: https://www.expressnews.com/news/article/Fabled-religous-group-Knights-Templar-coming-to-14063808.php?fbclid=IwAR16cNBrv_WPHoJMr4gIiyEDsH-isnQmrjOJuonB0iNwNOIIR3z1V12tQKQ#photo-14648495
- The Templar Globe – Portugal: https://templars.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/knights-templar-purchase-christ-episcopal-church-in-canaan/
- The Democratic Underground: https://www.democraticunderground.com/1218317530#post8